Recent world events have left many of us under a great deal of pressure. If your reaction to stress has led to more drinking than you think is safe or healthy, it’s time to talk to your doctor. If recommended, you may benefit from detox and rehab. What is an inpatient alcohol rehab center? Inpatient alcohol rehab centers protect you while you detox. Treatment in such a facility can also provide physical support as you heal your body. You will receive both private and group counseling to help free your mind from the damage and limited cognition of addiction. Finally, an inpatient alcohol rehab center can help you reconnect with family that you may be separated from due to addictive behaviors.
If you’ve ever tried to quit any addictive substance cold turkey, you know how agonizing it can be. Quitting coffee will give you a terrible headache. Quitting smoking will remind your lungs just how badly they’ve been treated and the cravings will make you miserable, both in your own skin and for those around you. However, detoxing from alcohol on your own can be fatal. You should never attempt an alcohol detox on your own or with a loved one. Even if they have pledged to be with you through thick and thin, you are going to say things and even do things that may hurt them, either physically or emotionally. You may need medication to combat nausea; you may even need an IV for dehydration if the nausea is extreme. Professional monitoring during detox can keep you alive. These folks are also trained to monitor your well-being and help as necessary without listening too closely to the terrible things you may say or do. A monitored detox is a safe detox. Don’t ask family or friends to deal with you in that setting.
Rebuilding is Next
As you come out of detox, you’re going to feel pretty grim. You will need hydration and nutritional monitoring, and you may need medications to address health damage that may have been caused by the time you were using alcohol. You may also find that underlying conditions will crop up as you come out of detox. You may have been self-medicating to control PTSD, anxiety, depression, or physical pain. As your body sheds alcohol, these conditions and their symptoms may come roaring back. Therapies and medications with a better track record than alcohol will be given to you and you will have to learn how they act on your brain and body. Finally, you may have to face some truly destructive attitudes that you have about alcohol and addiction. If you have a family history of addiction, you may have
- viewed the addict as a weak person
- seen addiction as the reason for all your childhood problems
- turned away from the addict to protect yourself
You may have cut off connections with family and friends because you were ashamed of your drinking or unwilling to ask for help. Detox may have left you feeling fragile and out of control. Rebuilding community is about knowing who to reach out to; it’s also about learning to trust yourself again.
Healing Inside and Out
Addiction is chemical. It changes how your brain works. Coming out of detox, you may struggle to focus or berate yourself so severely that you cannot see a way forward. Healing your brain will take new ways of thinking and a new perspective. Healing your body and freeing your mind from restrictive thinking is a big part of what inpatient alcohol rehab can do. You will also learn to control who is in your community. Your therapies will likely include assessments and private therapy for underlying conditions.
Group therapies will allow you to understand how the people you connect with impact you, for better or worse. Detox will be tough and rehab will require a lot of work. Looking within and finding our own values can be tough after the pressure and pain of early rehab. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 772-266-5320 for a conversation about how inpatient alcohol rehab can improve your life.